Moving to an assisted living community can be one of the best decisions to make for an aging parent or loved one’s long-term health, safety, and quality of life. But for older adults who have lived in the same place for many years, adjusting to a new home in assisted living can be understandably difficult.
While it will likely take some time for your senior loved one to get used to their new, unfamiliar surroundings, choosing the right décor and furniture can make the transition to assisted living a little easier. Use the following decorating tips to help make assisted living feel more like home for your loved one.
Keep space in mind
Before moving your loved one into their new residence, be sure you have accurate measurements of the space. Not everything from your loved one’s previous home will fit in the smaller living area, in fact, most seniors downsize significantly when moving to an assisted living community. Start by considering the layout and then identify which pieces of your loved one’s furniture will work best. Remember that less is more; trying to incorporate too many pieces can make the space feel cramped and crowded.
Use versatile storage
There may be limited room for storage in your loved one’s new assisted living residence. To keep the space organized and clutter-free, try incorporating functional storage pieces that double as stylish decoration. For example, look for an ottoman or trunk that can be used to store items out of sight. Use a bookshelf or install floating shelves to display photos, collectibles, memorabilia, and of course, books. Plastic containers or storage towers can also be used to organize paper, mail, and other everyday items.
Showcase photos and mementos
Photos of family and friends, heirlooms and keepsakes, and other meaningful objects can go a long way in making your loved one’s new apartment feel more home-like. For a space-saving way to display favorite photos and mementos, consider creating a shadow box for your loved one. It will help them display their memories and can serve as a great conversation piece when guests come to visit.
Color has an important impact on the overall feel of a room. For example, blue is known to have a calming effect, while yellow and red are thought to increase energy levels. When decorating a loved one’s assisted new living area, try to incorporate plenty of color to brighten the space and create a cheerful atmosphere. Hang up colorful artwork or add a pop of color with vibrant throw pillows, drapes, or an accent chair.
Above all else, your loved one’s home in assisted living should be a comfortable, safe, and inviting place to live and make new memories. Get your loved one involved in the decorating process and have fun personalizing the space to their unique style. With the right setup and décor, you can help ensure their new space feels just like home.